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SRQ DAILY Jun 21, 2021

Monday Business Edition

Monday Business Edition

"Almost 1,500 businesses were helped and thousands of local workers kept their jobs due in part to the work done at the EDC."

- Dave Bullock, Former Longboat Key Town Manager

[Exec Moves]  Krouse to Take Over at Sarasota EDC
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A new leader will take over at the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County. The EDC’s board of directors voted on Thursday to hire Lisa Krouse as the interim CEO.

“We will be focused on the strategic direction and future of the EDC, working with our Board, community stakeholders and diverse business community,” Krouse said. “There have been many local leaders who have made a major investment in the EDC and we want to see that this important work continues.”

Krouse will take over from Dave Bullock, the former Longboat Key Town Manager tapped to run the economic development agency in December 2019. Bullock has always made clear he did not intend to serve for years, and plans to retire after June 30.

“It’s been humbling to serve the past year and half, knowing almost 1,500 businesses were helped and thousands of local workers kept their jobs due in part to the work done at the EDC,” Bullock said. “I know the community is appreciative of these efforts.”

Krouse has long been a leader within Sarasota’s business community. She recently retired as executive vice president and chief administrative officer at FCCI Insurance Group, consistently a top employer in the region. More recently, she has served as board chair at the EDC, and will step down from that position to take on duties as interim CEO.

Charlie Murphy now takes over as board chair, and expressed confidence in Krouse. “We’re fortunate that someone as capable as Lisa Krouse is willing to step up at this important moment for the EDC,” he said. “We’ll need a steady hand for the changes moving forward and she offers just that.”

Notably, Krouse will still hold the title of interim, much as Bullock.

”I appreciate the commitment the Board has extended to this organization and I am looking forward to their help in facilitating a successful transition,” she said. 

[New Council]  Goodwill Announces New Philanthropic Advisory Council

Goodwill Manasota has formed a Philanthropic Advisory Council to ensure its sustainability for years to come. The new leadership body will assist in articulating Goodwill’s mission to the community, advise on how Goodwill might address community needs, engage with philanthropic donors, participate in fundraising, and introduce Goodwill to other potential Council members. The members of the Council are: Goodwill Board members Rae Dowling and Eric Kaplan, Michael and Victoria Zeppi, Lori Abrams, MD, and Kevin Henault. Goodwill CEO Bob Rosinsky, Vice President Margie Genter, and Community Outreach & Development Manager Pavitra Ciavardone support the effort, which had its first official meeting in February. 

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[Sarasota Beaches]  Lido Beach Named One of Country’s Best Restored Beaches

The recently completed Lido Beach renourishment project has earned national recognition, landing on the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association’s annual list of the country’s best restored beaches. “This year’s restored beach award winners represent a variety of beach types, and I congratulate them for the hard work and beautiful beaches they have protected and enhanced,” said ASBPA President Tony Pratt. “For more than 50 years, beach restoration – the process of placing beach-quality sand on dwindling beaches to reverse or offset the effects of sand loss –  has been the preferred method of shore protection in coastal communities, and the original living shoreline approach to addressing coastal erosion.” 

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[Recognition]  Allegiant Private Advisors Recognized as 2021 Billion-Dollar Wealth Magnet on Accounting Today’s Annual List of Top Firms

Allegiant Private Advisors has been recognized on Accounting Today’s annual Wealth Magnets list as a top firm by assets under management for 2021. The independent firm offering fiduciary-level financial planning and investment advisory services earned a spot on the 2021 list based on Allegiant’s $1,002,789,546 assets under management as reported in May 2021. Allegiant is the only Sarasota-based firm included and one of only four in Florida for 2021. For the 15th annual ranking, Accounting Today received submissions from firms across the country. 

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[SOON]  FOOD: June Live Blues Brunch featuring Gary Drouin , June 27, 11am-3pm

Experience the best in blues and a delicious brunch at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille in Downtown Bradenton Sunday, June 27, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Mattison’s offers weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday with a special Blues Brunch every 4th Sunday of the month. This month features Gary Drouin. Dubbed Guitar Gary, Gary Drouin is Sarasota’s premier blues guitar player. Instrumental in forming the famous Five O Blues Jam in the 80’s, Gary has played blues with the likes of Rock Bottom, Eddie  Kirkland, Diamond Teeth Mary, Memphis Flyers, Mercy Road, Bluescasters, Lauran Mitchell, Lady Katt and Koko Ray Hansen as well as the local favorite Memphis Rub Band. Soulful, tasteful, a must see.

In addition to hosting authentic blues, Chef Alex has created a Brunch Menu guaranteed to make your Sunday Brunch experience complete. Choices of brunch items include Stuffed French Toast, Duck Confit Crepe with Blueberry Mascarpone, Niman Ranch Steak and Eggs Bowl, Riverwalk Breakfast, Omelets, Poached Egg with Avocado Toast and much, much more.Bottomless Mimosas and Signature Bloody Mary’s make it a perfect way to spend your Sunday!

Mattison’s Restaurants and Catering, 101 Riverfront Blvd Ste 120, Bradenton

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Summer Indie Markets , June 26 – June 27

Stop by the Summer Indie Markets on June 26th & 27th for 60-80 vendors, crafters and entrepenuers with handmade items, new products, home decor, accessories & more! They have everything for him, her, the kids, your pets, your plants & your house! The market will also feature delicious food trucks & vendors, music, and even Axe Throwing!!!

The Summer Indie Markets at University Town Center are FREE to attend! We have FREE parking! The event is Family & Pet Friendly (Pets are prohibited inside the mall)! Come out and enjoy a fun collection of vendors this summer! Stay cool with smoothies, shaved ice & ice cream while shopping high-end and keeping it local.

Saturday, June 26th (10am - 6pm)
Sunday, June 27th (11am - 4pm)
(Located in the parking lot, by Brio Italian Grille)

The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Players Centre: Summer Minicamps , June 21 – July 30

The Players Studio (TPS), the education department of The Players Centre for Performing Arts, is proud to announce this year’s summer camps. TPS has six one-week minicamps perfect for ages 5 to 10 starting in June and running through the end of July. These camps focus on acting, dancing, and singing, all related to a theme. Each week there is a different, exciting topic for students to enjoy. Campers also create characters, make crafts, use their imagination and work with other students to present a short performance on the last day. Disney Fairytales from June 21-25: Life is a fairytale, and you are the main character. Learn how to craft the perfect fairytale story and perform numbers from Disney musicals. Marvel Heroes from June 28-July 2: Capes and masks are all part of this creative storytelling camp. Using the power of imagination students can create their own superhero that saves the world through dance, song and scenes. Pirates & Mermaids from July 5-9: Ahoy, matey. Students will have fun acting out scenes and songs from Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid, among others. Vampires & Zombies from July 12-16: Are you more of a zombie or more of a vampire? Learn stage makeup, design your own monsters, and dance to songs like Thriller and Time Warp. Under the Sea from July 19-23: Spend this week under the sea learning songs and dance from Finding Nemo, Moana and The Little Mermaid. Star Wars from July 26-30: Learn to use the Force through creative dramatics with basic stage combat techniques to stage an epic battle. (Includes a take-home practice light saber.) One-week minicamps are limited to 20 students and cost $160 for the whole week, this includes a t-shirt. Students should bring their own lunches. On Wednesday campers can purchase pizza and ice cream. More information will be available after registration. Before and after care are available, as well as financial assistance. Masks are required.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: DUMBO , June 24, 1pm

Directed by Tim Burton, and starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito, this 2019 remake of a beloved tale brings takes baby Dumbo to new heights will play on June 24 at 1pm at the Historic Asolo Theater. Struggling circus owner Max Medici enlists a former star and his two children to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant born with oversized ears. When the family discovers that the animal can fly, it soon becomes the main attraction, bringing in huge audiences and revitalizing the run-down circus. The elephant's magical ability also draws the attention of V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who wants to showcase Dumbo in his latest, larger-than-life entertainment venture. Dumbo is rated PG and is 1 hr 52 min. Admission to the Circus Museum is only an additional $5 with your ticket to this film, DUMBO. Seating will allow for social distancing. In the event of rising COVID cases or safety concerns this event is subject to be moved outdoors or canceled. Ticket holders will be notified upon any changes made and refunded if the screening is canceled. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13.50 for adult members, $10 for students, $5 and children.

[SOON]  HEALTH: The Ringling: Moving Meditation Series , March 26 – June 25, 10am

Claudia Baeza is a Kripalu trained yoga instructor who has been sharing her love of yoga in Sarasota since 2016. Join her for Yoga + Meditation on the loggias of the Museum of Art Courtyard for a unique opportunity to gently move the body and calm the mind. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle and a friend– and enjoy the serenity of the Museum of Art Courtyard with Claudia. ​Please note: Tickets must be purchased online, in advance of the event. Upcoming dates include Friday, March 26, Friday, April 23, Friday, May 28, and Friday, June 25 at 10am.

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